Trust in Congress Scrapes the Bottom of the Barrel
By Jon Cohen
The summer solstice looms, but Congress could not be further from the sun.
A new Gallup poll released this today shows the U.S. Congress at the bottom of a list of 16 "institutions" in terms of public trust.
Only 12 percent of those polled said they have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of trust in the legislative branch. That puts Congress not only a whopping 59 points behind the military, which tops the list, but also numerically below every institution Gallup has tested in polls back to 1973.
The low reviews, moreover, cross party lines. Just 16 percent of Democrats, 10 percent of Republicans and 8 percent of independents express confidence in Congress.
Despite the low regard for the Democratic-led Congress as a whole, in the latest Post-ABC poll, 52 percent said they would support the Democratic candidate in their local congressional race; 37 percent said they would vote GOP.
Posted at 6:32 PM ET on Jun 20, 2008
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